Booker (47) and Durant (39) led a team tied 2-1
Jokic couldn’t do anything with a triple double of 28+17+18, or Jamal Murray (32)
Against the wall after losing the first two games in Denver, The Phoenix Suns needed some monumental performances from Devin Booker (47 points) and Kevin Durant (39) to beat the Nuggets 121-114 at home this Friday and shortened distances (1-2) in the NBA’s Western Conference Semifinals series.
Without Chris Paul, who will miss at least the fourth game due to a shame problem, Books And durant they led the suns by the hand and frustrates the enormous triple-double of 28 points, 17 rebounds and 18 assists by Serbian Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray’s 32 points.
Under the eyes of stars like Spanish golfer Jon Rahm or Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, the Suns rebounded at the Footprint Center, where they will return for game four this Sunday, once again with no margin for error in a new upset in the “playoffs” for a franchise aiming for the first ring in its history. Booker and Durant scored 86 points for the Suns. The first connected twenty of his 25 field goals and sealed 47 with just two free throws, scored six seconds from the end of the already condemned game. Durant assisted with 39, nine rebounds and eight assists, and finished 12 of 31 shots after starting 1 of 9.
Jokic’s terrific display wasn’t enough for the Nuggets, who also gave rhythm to their teammates and favored Michael Porter Jr.’s 18 points. It was Booker who helped the Suns through a difficult start to the game at the group level. The Suns’ No. 1 signed fourteen of his team’s first 21 points and already had 18 at halftime, with Durant pinning (just one of nine in shots) and the Nuggets being led offensively by 12 points from Murray and a Jokic becoming dominant under the rim .